Because of Christ Jesus – I am

cropped-title-logoSpeak to your day

I am thankful that I am in Christ Jesus and that He represented God to us in physical form and became for us wisdom, right standing, pure, holy and free. This is truly a gift from God.

I am wise.
The wisdom I have is direct from my Father thru His son Jesus Christ and He displayed and showed me wise living, wisdom, discretion and understanding. I am wise not from my doing, but from Christ and my Father. Jesus is my example and teacher and He became to me wisdom from God. I will emulate that wisdom, soundness, discretion and understanding in phenomenal ways today.

I possess right standing with God thru Jesus Christ. I am righteous. Not from anything I did or accomplished, but solely thru the work and gift of Jesus from my Father. The grounds and claims I make are all backed up and provided for thru Christ.

I have holiness and purity from Jesus as well. All my boasting and bragging is not from my merits or my abilities or anything I could try and do, but from my Savior who became this for me. I declare today that I am pure and holy in Christ Jesus. I am not tainted, dirty or polluted.

I also walk in freedom and redemption because of what Jesus became for me from God. I am free from the past. Today I walk in freedom. I am not bound or chained to my past. The chains are broken and I have been set free. SET FREE. I walk in the liberty that is from Jesus.

I speak to my day and declare that because of Jesus and from God:

I am free.
I am whole.
I am pure.
I am holy.
I am sanctified.
I am righteous.
I am liberated.
I am redeemed.
I am wise.

I boast in this because of God and Jesus Christ, it is nothing I did….I just get to enjoy it and steward it.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (New American Standard Bible)
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

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When the road turns….

 

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read a tweet from @realDonaldTrump this morning…

“The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn” Anonymous

This got me thinking.

In life we make plans, set goals, dream big – but what happens when life changes? The scenery changes, the neighborhood changes, our family changes, our finances change, my relationships change, my surroundings change, my health changes, my job changes.

Change, change, change.

It is how I deal with change that determines the results of change.

I have seen people that have refused to accept change and the result is that life passed them on and they became a casualty of the ‘bend’ in the road that became the ‘end’ of the road.

I have also seen people that accept and embrace change and the result is that they are continuing down the road. The windows are open, they are experiencing the ‘wind’ of life, the freshness of the air, the warm of the sunshine and the new scenery.

Determine to look at life as a CONSTANT change. I challenge you to EMBRACE the changes in your children, the movement of life, and the newness of each day. Some changes happen naturally, some changes happen internally, and some changes happen externally. Don’t build a permanent fixture in a temporary location, but rather build a permanent memory in a temporary location.

Every day brings new change and new challenges, but remember that His mercies are NEW every morning (they change too!), and that He places where He can move you to NEW things.

While driving down the road of life do not let the ‘bend’ become the ‘end’.

What are some things you have learned in dealing with the bending road? I would love to hear them.

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Enjoying the scenery,
David

 

GOD is GOOD

I have been doing alot of thinking and meditating on the goodness of God lately.

God is good.

He is not a cosmic kiljoy with a club that will hit us every time we get our heads above water.

He is not a mean master who will always try to keep you miserable.

He is not a Father who does not know what you need.

He is not a boss who is unreasonable.

He does not operate according to ‘Murphy’s Law’

He is good. 

He wants you to multiply

He wants you to rule

He has given you the power to get wealth

He wants you to bear fruit

He wants you to bear much fruit

He wants you to bear much fruit

He wants you to be fruitful, full of fruit

He wants you to have life

He wants you to have life overflowing

He wants you to abound in every good thing

He wants to show how much more He is better than we realize

He wants to exceed your thoughts

He wants to go beyond your imagination

God is good

God is good. The above list comes directly from His Word. He constantly is reinforcing the thought and condition in my mind that He is good and He wants the best for me.

Do not foster a mindset that portrays your God as a miser. Do not allow the thoughts to stay in your mind that He is out to get you. Do not allow the notion that He is just waiting for you to mess up to linger any longer. Evict from your being the idea that somehow this is too good to be true.

God is good.

Plain and simple, He is good.

Think on that.

David

GET IN THE GAME

I have a confession to make, I am a sports enthusiast. I watch a game, then I watch the highlights (sometimes twice). My wife does not pass on any vital information during an event because history has shown that I can only do one thing at a time. My enjoyment of sports stems from a childhood filled with activity.

I vividly remember, as a child, staying awake late in the night, thinking and eventually dreaming about the game in the morning. I played soccer (football for the traditionalists) and just loved running up and down the field often in a small mob chasing a black and white checkered sphere. As I grew older skills developed and the love for the game took on more       meaning. My passion for the game drove me to practice, train, exercise, get up early, go for runs; basically doing anything I could to play more and ensure that I got into the game.

I wanted to get into the game, standing on the sidelines was not what my idea of fun; it was not what I devoted hours of my time to. I wanted to contribute. I wanted to help my team win. I wanted to run. I wanted to shoot. I wanted to be involved. I wanted to score…I wanted to play.

Although life is not a game; many of us stand on the sideline watching life wondering “Why does this happen to me?”

You can change that, don’t let life happen; make life happen – there is a difference. The difference is found within. God has given each of us passions, gifts, personality that is uniquely you – it is who you are! Use your passion to fuel you to change your surroundings; change a ‘ho-hum’ day to a day filled with purpose – do something on purpose that scares you!

Use the gifts (those talents that you have) to change the scenery around your life. Just like a garden changes and grows from the talent and eye of the gardener so can the scenery of your life change from the talent you have. Volunteer for a community event that needs your talents, coach a sports team, commit time in your local church that needs your specific talents.

Allow your personality to come out; display who you are, take pride in what you do, let those intricacies that you think are a deficit find meaning in the lives of those around you. Do not let the pace of the game (or life) paralyze you, step out and step up. Be a part of the team. You do have something to offer.

When we take the routine of life and submit to its schedule and demands we become spectators, but when we take the routine of life and influence it, we become participators.

In Ephesians 4:16 Paul writes ‘From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint  supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love’.  And then in 1 Corithians 12:18 he also writes ‘But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him’. We all play a part in the game of life.

Get in the game.

Become a participator, not a spectator – because the Coach has a special assignment just for you.

Enjoying the game,

david

TAKE TIME TO CELEBRATE

On the road to accomplishing big goals and lofty dreams life can become tedious, obstacles overwhelming, excitement can vanish and desire disappear. These are feelings and emotions that we must combat. So how can we combat these common enemies.

When the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground the Lord instructed Joshua to have twelve men (one from each tribe) take twelve stones out of the river and place them where the people lodged (Joshua 4:1-8). The purpose of the stones was to act as a remembrance of what the Lord had done. It was a distinguishing mark of the beginning of the possession of the Promised Land, a physical display of the promise to come, the beginning of the realization of a goal.

I can only imagine some of the stories and exchanges that happened around the pile of stones. What a time of encouragement, celebration and refreshing. How many times do you think families gathered around those stones and rehearsed the treasures of miraculous provision.

On your course to a goal that may seem to grow deeper and deeper take time to celebrate the little achievements, the miracles, the miniscule steps. The small accomplishments serve as fuel to keep going, the kindling that keeps the dreams burning, the oxygen that breathes life into tired weary bodies. Take time to remember your victories, celebrate a miracle, rehearse the fruit of discipline. Tell others that are on the same journey what the signposts mean.

You will find renewed energy and resolve to maintain the discipline that is required to reach a goal every time you rehearse an accomplishment. Don’t stay at the victory celebration keep moving, but enjoy the satisfaction of a goal reached.

As you practice this principle of celebrating the small victories you will find encouragement, and the big intimidating goal will be brought down in size.

 

Dream BIG, step small

David

Behind the Wheel of a Red Ford Escort – part four

Look further down the road

With all the lessons and learning I was doing I must have been progressing, because I was able to drive more; in fact I even had precious cargo in the vehicle with me at times (my mom, dad, and brothers). As I took the initial instructions to heart there were more lessons to be learned, this moves me to the next lesson ‘you must look further ahead than your immediate location when driving’.

The impetus for this lesson was simple; my driving, while improving, became a battle of trying to drive smoothly within the painted boundaries of the road. I was learning to focus, but my vision and skills needed more refinement. Have you seen the bowling ball careening down the gutter bouncing from one side to the other? I needed more instruction.

 

My dad explained to me that as I looked further ahead down the road my driving would become smoother and not so erratic. I took his explanation to heart, I looked further down the road fixing my eyes on the vehicles or the road well ahead of me and not the painted lines of the road immediately ahead of me. The ride became smoother, motion sickness subsided and the drive became more enjoyable. Simple. Profound.

My thought today is that in life we can focus so intently on the issues and necessities directly in front of our eyelids that we end up bouncing around erratically. We are going in the right direction, but we are not  smooth, we are unpredictable. If we take but a moment to assess our goals, focus and vision and pick a target further down the road we will find that our lives are not so bumpy. We will start to drive more smoothly and efficiently. Less time will be spent righting the ship and more time will be spent on effective progress. Other people will recognize the difference too.

How you do this is by setting a long term goal; something further down the road than next week. Look ahead in life and have a clear picture of where you are going. When you do this many of the bumps will be smoothed out.

In Habakkuk 2:2&3 God says to record the vision (what you see), so the one who reads it will run (move forward effectively). Your vision is for an appointed time (further ahead of you, than where you are now). Your vision moves you toward the goal, and it will not fail.

See your future, then go there.

Looking further down the road,

david

 

 

 

Behind the wheel of a red Ford Escort – part two

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

 So I turned 16, dragged my Dad to the drivers test, passed (on my second try – sometimes greatness needs a second chance) and walked out the doors with the world bracing for a new driving terror. I switched from riding shotgun to being in command of 4 wheels and 75 horsepower of bridled and regulated power. This was pretty cool and freaky all at the same time. Cool because I was moving up to another stage in life, growing up, becoming the master of a large hunk of metal. Freaky (although I would not have admitted it at the time) because I was now in control of something with more power than myself. Freaky because the possibility of safety and carnage now rested in my feet and hands. Freaky because I had never done this before. I actually was in a cold sweat.

As we pulled out of the parking lot and started down the road the advice and wisdom started to flow from my Dad’s heart; probably out of his desire for self-preservation. He noticed that I was jerky, tentative, almost paralyzed by all the activity around me. For years I had sat beside him in the passenger seat and never had these emotions going thru my mind; somehow by changing positions and taking the wheel I now was experiencing them.

His first instruction on this road of life: ‘keep your eyes on the road’, focus on the road in front of you David. The first rule he taught me was so simple but so profound, keep your eyes on the road. He instructed me that if I kept my eyes on the road the vehicle would follow. If I kept my eyes on the road I would see what was before me and I would be able to respond. My first and foremost instruction was to keep my eyes on the road, focus on what lay ahead. Simple. Profound.

Simple because it did not involve 16 maneuvers. Simple because it was not complicated. Simple because it was a means of survival. Simple, focus, keep your eyes on the road.

Profound because the control of the vehicle was connected with what I was looking at. Profound because so many possibilities could be reconciled by keeping my focus. Profound because all the questions I had seemed to find answers by keeping my eyes on the road. Profound, focus, keep your eyes on the road.

When we keep our eyes on the road many of the simple (and difficult) things in life are corrected and put into perspective, our survival rate greatly increases. Much of the control of our future, the questions about tomorrow, the myriad of possibilities, and concern for what happens next are seen by keeping our eyes on the road.

Simple. Profound.

Maintain your focus, maintain your life.

Keeping my eyes on the road.
david

Behind the wheel of a red Ford Escort.

When I turned 16 my Dad taught me how to drive. He gave me lots of pointers: ‘gas pedal is on the right, brake is on the left (I learned to drive an automatic, not a manual transmission).  Make sure your foot is on the brake when you shift into gear.  Look both ways before you proceed thru an intersection. Never start the car while it is in gear.   Make sure you check your fuel gage – do you have enough gas to get where you are going?   Don’t eat while you are driving.  Don’t have the music too loud (in fact driving with no music was preferred).  Don’t talk too much.  Keep both hands on the steering wheel.  Don’t look at girls while driving.’  The list was endless! Cell phones were not around back then, otherwise I am sure I would have been banned from having one to prevent me from texting and talking, but one of the most important lessons he taught me was about focus.  ‘David, what are you looking at, what are you focusing on?’  This was a question that my dad frequently asked!

Over the next few days I will be posting some of the lessons I learned while sitting behind the wheel of a red Ford Escort. The lessons while in a vehicle have many truths and applications in life. My hope is that you will read, learn, grow, laugh, and apply.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Enjoy the drive -david